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David Batchelor: PSYCHOGEOMETRY 26 April–11 June 2017 | Editions | Artist’s Website

David Batchelor | PSYCHOGEOMETRY | 26 April–11 June 2017, Wed–Sun 12–6pm | Private View: Sun 23 April, 3–6pm | Matt’s Gallery, 65 Decima Street, London, SE1 4QR

David Batchelor, PSYCHOGEOMETRY, 2017. Installation shot. Image by Jonathan Bassett. Image courtesy of the artist.
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For his first exhibition at Matt’s Gallery, David Batchelor will show his first wall drawings together with twelve new painted timber sculptures. Each wall drawing features an angular, silhouetted, black, stencilled form that is bathed in an atmosphere of toxic fluorescent colour. These large pieces derive from smaller works on paper, which Batchelor has been developing for the last decade. All the works refer loosely to the tradition of geometric abstraction that was developed in Europe a century ago.

The origins of Batchelor’s new works lie in a series of illuminated sculptures he began to make in the early 2000s. In each of these works, such as Magic Hour, 2004-07, (which was exhibited in the Hayward Gallery’s Light Show in 2012) a central form assembled from salvaged commercial lightboxes is framed by back-projected coloured light. These works were simultaneously dark and colourful. Since that time Batchelor has been making an on-going series of drawings that make use of a similar relationship between colour and blackness. For Batchelor, these works are a response to the unique quality of colour that is found in the city. Unlike the natural world, where most colours achieve maximum intensity in daylight, the modern city only reveals its full chromatic spectrum at night.

The works also continue the dialogue between two- and three-dimensional form and between painting and sculpture that has been a hallmark of Batchelor’s practice for over two decades.

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David Batchelor: PSYCHOGEOMETRY at Matt’s Gallery is generously supported by Arts Council England.


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Born Dundee, Scotland, 1955. Lives and works in London, England Selected One-Person Exhibitions 2017 Chromatology, Ab-Anbar Gallery, Tehran 2016 Reef, Handel Street Projects, London 2015 Monochrome Archive 1997-2015, Whitechapel Gallery, London 2014-2013 Flatlands, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh and Spike Island, Bristol 2010 Chromophilia: 1995-2010, Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro 2004 Shiny Dirty, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham Selected Group Exhibitions 2016-2013 Light Show, Hayward Gallery, London, MAC Sydney, Sharjah Art Foundation and MAC Santiago; 2009 Color Chart, Tate Liverpool 2008 Color Chart, Museum of Modern Art, New York 2005 Extreme Abstraction, Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York; the Biennial de Santiago, Chile 2004 the 26th Bienal De São Paulo, Brazil 2003 Sodium and Asphalt, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City; Days Like These: Tate Britain Triennial of Contemporary Art, Tate Britain, London.

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Selected Publications 2015 The October Colouring-In Book, Common-Editions, London 2014 The Luminous and the Grey, Reaktion Books, London 2010 Found Monochromes: vol I, nos. 1-250, Ridinghouse, London 2008 Colour, Whitechapel, London and MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass 2000 Chromophobia, Reaktion Books, London.

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